Author Archives for Heather Schrader

Beet and Avocado Salad

As spring has approached and my pregnancy nears the end, I have found myself craving colorful foods and sugar. Fortunately, there are healthy vegetables that provide vibrant hues and sweetness. One of them is beets! This simple salad is savory and sweet, light but satiating. Plus, it’s beautiful. You can serve it with grilled chicken or steak, but it’s great on its own as well.

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Smoked Oyster Pâté

Since getting pregnant, I have found myself eating a tin of smoked oysters almost every morning, soon after waking up before making a more complete breakfast. It’s a fast, easy way to get a dose of quality protein, omega-3 fatty acid, iron, and more.

Even before the pregnancy, we kept smoked oysters on hand at all times. In fact, we have them on automatic delivery every other month via Amazon’s Subscribe & Save. It’s great because we don’t have to think about finding them at a store and we get a discount! We recommend you consider signing up for it (whether for the oysters or another one of your favorite go-to items).

Perhaps, though, eating smoked oysters out of the tin does not appeal to you. You might enjoy them in a salad, like this one, or you might like a savory but light appetizer to share with friends. This pâté recipe is quick and easy, and it looks super fancy. We hope you will enjoy it!

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Garlic Lime Mahi-Mahi

We had some beautiful spring, almost summer-like, weather a couple of weeks ago. It inspired me to make a light and refreshing meal. We happened to have Mahi-Mahi filets and a lime in the refrigerator, and I realized they would be a perfect pairing.

Fish and citrus are generally a great combination, and this recipe did not disappoint. Poaching allowed me to gently cook the fish without needing to watch it carefully. The result was a perfectly cooked, bright and delicious meal that I served with a side of mixed greens. As the weather continues to warm up, we hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as we did. I think it will become a regular on our weekly meals as we move into summer!

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Vegetable Florentine Soup

A few weeks ago, on a particularly cold and snowy day in Pennsylvania, I was on a work trip with a colleague visiting a college campus. We paused in the cafeteria for lunch and I came across vegetable Florentine soup. Normally, I would build a meal from the salad bar so I can control the ingredients. That said, I was chilled from walking around campus in the snow; so, even though I couldn’t verify the ingredients, I chose the soup. I ate around the noodles but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the soup.

This variation is noodle-free, but I think it came out as hearty and delicious. Not only is it paleo; it’s also vegan! We hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.

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Pesto Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a French vegetable dish, and an incredibly popular Disney movie. This is not a traditional Ratatouille, and in that vein we took similar creativity in making a pesto. That said, it was delicious and I can’t wait to make it again.

We have had fun experimenting with pesto in the past (you may recall Tomato Pesto SaladChicken Pesto Pasta, and Easy Pesto Egg Bake) and last weekend I was craving vegetables at every turn. I have always wanted us to make a Ratatouille but we have had a lot of tomato-based meals lately; so when Brent suggested we use pesto instead of a tomato sauce, I agreed.

We hope you’ll find this variation on a provincial French classic as fun and tasty as we did!

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